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Governor Brown to attend memorial for slain SDPD officer

Posted at 4:09 PM, Aug 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-02 19:09:20-04

Governor Jerry Brown will attend the memorial service for San Diego Police Department Officer Jonathan DeGuzman on Friday in El Cajon, his office announced Tuesday.

The 16-year department veteran was shot along with a fellow officer in a gun battle that erupted after they conducted a field stop on Acacia Grove Way last Thursday night.

DeGuzman, 43, died at Scripps Mercy Hospital. His wounded partner, Officer Wade Irwin, 32, underwent surgery at UCSD Medical Center and is expected to recover.

The man who allegedly opened fire on them, 52-year-old Jesse Michael Gomez, was critically wounded in the exchange of gunshots and remains hospitalized.

A public viewing of DeGuzman will be held Tuesday at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Bonita beginning in the late afternoon.

A second viewing in honor of DeGuzman will take place Wednesday afternoon. On Thursday morning, a funeral Mass is scheduled at the same Bonita church, and a memorial service is slated for Friday at Shadow Mountain Community Church in El Cajon. Governor Brown will be in attendance. A procession to Glen Abbey Memorial Park in Bonita will follow the midday ceremony.

All the events will be open to the public.

The San Diego Police Officers Association is collecting money for DeGuzman's family. Donations can be mailed to the San Diego Police Officers Association, 8388 Vickers St., San Diego, CA 92111, or made online at sdpoa.org/about-widows-orphans-fund/.

SDPOA officials asked donors to include "Officer Jonathan DeGuzman" in the notes of the online donation or on the memo lines of their checks.

Contributions to aid in Irwin's recovery expenses can be made at gofundme.com/irwinfamilyfund.